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Installing MacBook Pro 1 5" Retina Display Mid 201 2 Upper Case Assembly 



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Installing MacBook Pro 15" 
Retina Display Mid 2012 Upper 

Case Assembly 

Written By: Jake Devincenzi 



f TOOLS: 


PARTS: 


MacBook Pro and Air 5-Point Pentalobe 
Screwdriver (1) 

Plastic Opening Tools (1) 


MacBook Pro 15" Retina Upper Case 
Assembly (1) 


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• T5 Torx Screwdriver (1) 





SUMMARY 

The battery, keyboard, trackpad, and upper case are all stuck together. If you break one of 
these components, you will need to replace the entire assembly. Follow this guide to do so. 



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Step 1 — Lower Case 




• Remove the following pentalobe 
screws securing the lower case to 
the MacBook Pro with Retina 
display. 

♦ Eight 3.0 mm 

# Two 2.3 mm 



Step 2 




• Lifting from the edge nearest the 
clutch cover, lift the lower case off 
the MacBook Pro. 

• Set the lower case aside. 



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Step 3 — Battery Connector 




• Peel back the warning label 
covering the battery connector. 



Step 4 




• Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its 
socket on the logic board. 

• Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector 
doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. 



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Step 5 — AirPort/Camera Cable 




• Use the tip of a spudger to pry the 
three AirPort antenna cables 
straight up off of their sockets on 
the AirPort board. 



Step 6 




• Use the tip of a spudger to push 
the camera cable connector out of 
its socket on the logic board. 

• Be sure to push parallel 
to the board, pushing first 
on one side, then the other to 
"walk" the connector out of its 
socket. 



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Step 7 




• Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the rubber heat sink cover on the right fan. 

• Slide the spudger underneath the length of the cover, releasing the adhesive. 

• Lift the cover and flip it back so that you can access the cables underneath. 



Step 8 




• Use your fingers to pull the AirPort/Camera cables up off the fan. 

• The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to prevent ripping 
any. 

• Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide. 







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Step 9 — Rubber Hinge Covers 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rubber hinge covers up off the left and right hinges. 



Step 10 — Display Assembly Screws 




• Remove the two 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws securing the aluminum hinge covers to the upper 
case. 

• Remove the two aluminum hinge brackets from the MacBook Pro. 



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Step 11 — I/O Board Cable 




• Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the I/O Board connector straight up out of its socket on 
the logic board. 

• In a similar fashion, remove the I/O Board connector from its socket on the I/O Board. 

• Remove the I/O Board cable from the MacBook Pro. 



Step 12 — Right Fan 




♦ Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx 
screw securing the AirPort card to 
the logic board. 



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Step 13 




• Grasp the side of the AirPort card and pull parallel to the logic board, removing the AirPort 
card from the MacBook Pro. 



Step 14 




• Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right fan ribbon cable ZIF 
socket. 

• Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself. 

• Gently pry up the right fan ribbon cable from the logic board. 



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Step 15 




• Remove the following three screws 
securing the right fan to the logic 
board: 

♦ One 4.4 mm T5 Torx screw 

One 3.9 mm T5 Wide Head Torx 
screw 

One 5.0 mm T5 Torx screw 



Step 16 




• Lift and remove the right fan out 
from the MacBook Pro. 



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Step 17 — Left Fan 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to lift 
the rubber heat sink cover up off 
the left fan. 



Step 18 




• Remove the following three screws 
securing the left fan to the logic 
board: 

♦ One 4.4 mm T5 Torx screw 

One 5.0 mm T5 Torx screw 

One 3.9 mm T5 Wide Head Torx 
screw 



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Step 19 




• Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the left fan ribbon cable ZIF socket 

• Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself. 



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• Starting at the top of the cable, slide a plastic opening tool under the left fan cable to free it 
from the logic board. 

• Use caution when freeing the cable, as it is strongly adhered to the logic board. 



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• Lift the left fan out of the device. 



Step 20 — SSD 




♦ Remove the single 3.1 mmT5Torx 
screw securing the SSD to the 
logic board. 



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Step 21 




# Slightly lift the rightmost side of the SSD and firmly slide it straight away out of its socket 
on the logic board. 



Step 22 — I/O Board 




• Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the I/O board data cable lock and rotate it toward the 
battery side of the computer. 

• Use the flat end of a spudger to slide the I/O board data cable straight out of its socket on 
the logic board. 

• Do not lift up on the I/O board data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the 
cable perpendicular to the face of the logic board. 



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Step 23 




♦ Remove the two 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws securing the I/O board to the logic board. 

• Carefully lift the I/O board and remove it from the lower case. 



Step 24 — Logic Board Assembly 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to pry 
the headphone jack connector up 
from its socket on the logic board. 



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Step 25 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker connector up and out of its socket on 
the logic board. 

• Use the tip of a spudger to pry the right speaker connector up and out of its socket on the 
logic board 

• Be sure to pry on the cable head, and not on the socket itself. Prying on the socket 
may cause it to separate from the logic board. 



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Step 26 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF 
socket. 



• Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself. 

• Use the flat end of a spudger to pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket. 



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Step 27 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to pry 
the battery indicator connector up 
from its socket on the logic board. 



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Step 28 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to pry 
the keyboard backlight connector 
up from its socket on the logic 
board. 



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• Use the tip of a spudger or your 
fingernail to flip up the retaining flap 
on the microphone ribbon cable ZIF 
socket. 

• Be sure you are prying up 
on the hinged retaining flap, 
not the socket itself. 



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• Pull the microphone ribbon cable 
out of its socket. 



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Step 30 




• Use the tip of a spudger to pry the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-ln 
side of the computer. 

• Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board. 

• Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable 
parallel to the face of the logic board. 



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Step 31 




• Use the flat end of a spudger to 
carefully pry off the rubber screw 
cap on the raised screw head near 
to the MagSafe 2 connector. 



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Step 32 




• Remove the following six screws 
securing the logic board to to the 
upper case: 

♦ One 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw 

Two 5.8 mm T5 Torx screws 

One 3.8 mm T5 Torx screw 

One 5.2 mm Raised Head T5 
Torx screw 

♦ One 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw 



Step 33 




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• Lifting from the side nearest the battery, rotate the logic board toward the top of the 
MacBook Pro. 

• Using the flat end of a spudger, carefully push the MagSafe 2 connector out of its socket 
on the bottom of the logic board. 



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Step 34 




• Remove the logic board assembly 
from the MacBook Pro. 



Step 35 — Upper Case Assembly 




• Remove the single 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the left rubber hinge cover in place. 

• Slide the hinge cover out of its bezel, then lift it up and out of the device. 

• The screw in the right hinge cover should already have been removed. 



• Slide the right cover out of its bezel, then lift it out of the device. 



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Step 36 




• Insert the edge of a plastic opening tool underneath the upper microphone. 

• Slide the blade of a plastic opening tool along the bottom of the upper microphone, 
releasing the adhesive. 

• Be careful when releasing the adhesive holding the cable down, as these cables 
have been known to tear easily. 

• In a similar manner, release the adhesive underneath the lower microphone. 

• Lift the cable out of the device. 



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Step 37 




• Remove the two 4.0 mm T5 Torx screws securing the MagSafe DC-ln board to the upper 
case. 

• Slide the MagSafe DC-ln board towards the right free it from its recess within the upper 
case. 

• Lift and remove the MagSafe DC-ln board out of the upper case assembly. 



Step 38 




• Remove the two 3.6 mm T5 Torx screws securing the headphone jack to the upper case 
assembly. 

• Slide the headphone jack away from the upper case. 

• Lift and remove the headphone jack out from its recess in the upper case. 
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Step 39 




• Remove the following three screws securing the left speaker to the upper case: 

♦ One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw 

• One 6.9 mm T5 Torx screw 
One 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw 

• Lift the left speaker out of the upper case and set it aside. 



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Step 40 




• Remove the following three screws securing the right speaker to the upper case: 

♦ One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw 

♦ One 6.9 mm T5 Torx screw 
One 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw 

• Remove the right speaker from the MacBook Pro. 



Step 41 




♦ Remove four out of the six 5.3 mm 
T8 Torx screws securing the 
display to the upper case. 

• We purposely have you 
leave two screws attaching 

the display to the upper case to aid 
in future steps. 



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Step 42 




• Open the device between 90 and 100 degrees, then rest it on its side. 







♦ While supporting both halves of the device with one hand, unscrew the upper 5.3 mm T8 
Torx screw. 



• Repeat the same process for the identical bottom screw. 

• Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with one hand. Failure to do so 
may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each 
component. 







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Step 43 




• Grip both halves of the device. Firmly put one hand on the top center of the upper case 
(left) and one in the same place on the display assembly (right). 

• While holding the display assembly in place, slowly push forward on the upper case, 
releasing it from the display assembly. 



Step 44 




• Upper case remains. 



To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. 



This document was last generated on 2013-02-20 03:37:44 AM. 



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